Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tip-off: Monday, May 27, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
The Detroit Red Wings have already won a Game 7 away from home this postseason and they are looking forward to eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 tonight to avoid making another trip in the second-round series.
Seventh-seeded Red Wings lead the series 3-2, placing Detroit a victory away from advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face the winner of the Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks NHL hame.
The league’s top-seeded Chicago team is counting on staving off elimination in Joe Louis Arena and making Game 7 necessary on Wednesday night at home. With a 4-1 victory this weekend, the Blackhawks extended the series by at least another game.
Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews ended his 10-game drought without scoring in the playoffs, dating to 2012, with a second-period goal that gave Chicago a two-goal lead after it lost the previous three games by a combined score of 9-2.
Detroit’s coach Mike Babcock was truly sorry the Red Wings did nothing well in Game 5, saying the coaching staff and players wasted their first chance to advance against a talented and determined team.
The Blackhawks were the NHL’s best team from start to finish in the lockout-shortened regular season, beginning with an league-record, 24-game point streak and closing with at least five more points than any other hockey team.
Chicago opened the playoffs by easily getting past the Minnesota Wild in five games and beat the Red Wings 4-1 in Game 1 to make it look like only a matter of time before they would be in the conference finals for the first time since their 2010 championship season.
According to the live NHL betting lines the current Detroit team, who won versus the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 in the first round, managed to recover with three straight victories — including two games at home — to take control versus the Blackhawks.
Detroit will have the benefit of making the last change because they will play at home and they’ll have fans cheering for them, however coach Babcock said both of those facts are advantages only if the team is looking good.